Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker: Ghana’s New City Tour Buses To Expand Tourism.
On Monday 31st May 2021, the Ghana Tourism Authority launched two city tour buses to help in the expansion of tourism in the country.
One thing that makes visiting Ghana memorable for tourists is the trotro experience. A trotro is a privately owned public bus that is operated by a driver and a bus conductor, popularly referred to as “Mate”. The Mate collects lorry fare and constantly shouts the destination of the bus in the quest for more passengers.
Tourists are always entertained by this means of transport. There are constant deep conversations between passengers who may never meet again and arguments between passengers and Mate over transport fares. On a lucky day, an evangelist could be in the trotro preaching the word of God and causing a stare with some of the sermons.
No matter the beauty of Ghana’s landscapes, waterfalls, colonial castles, national monuments, palm-lined golden beaches, Caves, rivers, green and lush vegetation, the experience is never complete for tourists without a trotro. It’s cheap and noisy but very entertaining.
The launch of these Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker Buses is going to make the experience of travelling around Ghana even more amazing. Wait till you hear of the essence of these buses.
The Need For Tourist Buses And Impact Of Tourism In Ghana
In recent years, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority launched the Experience Ghana campaign to boost Tourism. This is to ensure that tourism would be the economic driver for the creation of jobs, enhancing other economic sectors but mostly, generating substantial foreign exchange earnings.
Tourism has currently become Ghana’s 4th largest revenue source and has brought at least 2 million tourists yearly. But the launch of Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker may change the narrative.
Apparently, these two buses used to be Ghana’s first modes of transportation. History has it that the Bone Shaker has a literal meaning. It meant that your bones would shake when you take the bus. The history of Aunty Dede, a mummy truck, is a story for another day.
The Ghana Tourism Authority has launched two buses designed like an Aunty Dede and a Bone Shaker. Although this gesture would create revenue for the country, Ghanaians are in a way sharing their previous history with foreigners.
To further accentuate the Ghanaian vibe, both buses are painted in vibrant Ghanaian colours and exhibited at the Independence Square.
Present at the launch is Miss Tourism Ghana, Afropop, and dancehall godfather Stoneboy, the Queen Mother of one of the Ghanaian communities, and many other dignitaries.
Although the launch of Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker was not much publicized because of Covid-19 health regulations, the Ghana Tourism Authority made sure to post beautiful pictures of the event on their official Social Media handles. They went further to invite Ghanaians to take a trip and reminisce. Although it is probably the older generation who would be able to compare the then Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker to the new one’s experience.
Despite that, it is equally a new exposure for the younger generation also.
The Ghana Tourism Authority’s website promises tourists a tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety, and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.
This promise they intend to fulfil by transporting foreigners to tourist destinations in the comfort of Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker.
Ghana has always been home to some of the most interesting tourist sites in Africa. The desire to come and experience the rich Ghanaian culture and wonderful sceneries sees millions of tourists trooping in yearly.
This new initiative would not only produce revenue from the larger foreigners but also from Ghanaians who would be making a fair contribution. Ghanaians would finally take the Intra-Country tours that they have always dreamed of, comfortably and at moderate prices.
Hopefully, the Ghana Tourism Authority has better initiatives in the pipeline that still emphasizes the rich Ghanaian history and culture.
To put it all together, Ghanaians wish that Aunty Dede and Bone Shaker will appeal to the foreign market well enough to double our tourism revenue.
Want to have a comfortable ride in one of these buses while on a long trip to the Mole National Park from the airport, then you need to make a trip to Ghana as soon as possible.
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